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All Saints

Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14
1 John 3:1-3
Psalm 24
Matthew 5:1-12

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"Blest are they who hunger and thirst for holiness; they shall have their fill." —Matthew 5:6

Did you ever want to work and help someone, but they wouldn't let you? I believe most of the heavenly saints are in this predicament. They're in heaven; they see the glory of God. They know some of us personally, and they wish all of us would join God and them. They greatly desire to help us enter into the heavenly kingdom, if we would only let them by requesting their prayers and ministry.

Jesus wants all "to be saved and come to know the truth" (1 Tm 2:4). The heavenly saints are of one mind with Him, and they would like to pray for us to be saved and sanctified. They stand "before the throne and the Lamb, dressed in long white robes and holding palm branches in their hands" and cry out, "Salvation is from our God, Who is seated on the throne, and from the Lamb!" (Rv 7:9, 10)

The saints would like to say the same thing on earth. Just ask them. They "have survived the great period of trial; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb" (Rv 7:14). They are willing to help us do the same. We need all the help we can get and the Lord wants to work through these people, so let's cooperate and with the saints request help from God. We will be doing things God's way, giving a saint a job, and letting ourselves be blessed.

Prayer:  Father, thank You for making us family. May I be open to Your working in my life through other saints.

Promise:  "We are God's children now; what we shall later be has not yet come to light. We know that when it comes to light we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is." —1 Jn 3:2

Praise:  The feast of All Saints was celebrated by Pope Boniface IV by gathering twenty-eight wagonloads of martyrs' relics and dedicating a church for them. Praise the Lord for giving us the communion of saints!

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 6, 2006

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